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Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971)

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Self-help is the best help, no doubt. But the people living in a remote village in Rajasthan it is meaningless. For years the poor, unarmed people were constantly living in terror of Dacoits. They raided and looted their village, harassed and punished them and occasionally molested their innocent girls. Police tried their best to bring the dacoits to book, but without the active help of the villagers they could not succeed in their mission. People refused to co-operate with them, because they believed that police protection is temporary, while the vengeance of Dacoits is perpetual! And they just went on enduring their own miseries, blaming and cursing their own fate!

In such a village, one day walked in Ajit, a city-bred young man, a typical product of an orphanage, slums and jail-life has hardened him, but at the same time, it has made him too self centred and almost immune to the suffering of others. He shows neither concern, nor sympathy for the villagers for taking everything lying low. He openly ridicules them for their cowardice and makes fun of their miseries. He is not interested in any one of them, not even in the man who had given him shelter and promised to adopt him as his own son. He tries to remain aloof from everybody.

But the warmth and hospitality of the innocent villagers start pulling him out of the shell he has tried to create around himself. Slowly and slowly the Human being in him starts emerging out and he starts taking a liking for a number of people. But as the luck would have it, whomsoever he takes a liking to, eventually falls a victim of the heartless dacoits.

And ultimately before he could realise what he is doing, he finds himself standing face to face against the Dacoits.

Ajit was a hardened criminal, accustomed to fighting for getting what he wanted. When it came to make a choice between violence and cowardice, he had always turned to violence. Such a man was ultimately destined to stand against most notorious Dacoits, who fought with modern weapons, who had hoodwinked the Police for years and who had established a reign of terror over a vast territory of Rajasthan.

The story of "Mera Goan Mera  Desh" brings to the screen their gripping Drama, full of love and hate, revenge and murder where danger is lurking at every corner and violence lying in wait at every step and all raw and explosive passions surging towards a most gripping never before witnessed on Indian screen.

(From the official press booklet)